Save the Date!
Healthy Horses Conference: Saturday, April 27, 2013

Healthy Horses is an educational day with a focus on successful equine health care. The day includes lectures, lunch and live equine demonstrations. Our topics last year included two Q&A panels on preventative health care and equine lameness, as well as lectures on equine herpes virus, neck pain in horses, and rehabilitation from lameness injuries. Take a look at last year's brochure. As always, we will feature tours and a high- speed treadmill demonstration!
Check our web site regularly for registration information.
Cold Weather Tips for Your Horse

White horse snow winter
* Gradually increase forage as grazing becomes less available. Forage in the form of good-quality hay will also provide additional warmth to your horse as it is digested.

* Grass in the cool fall mornings (especially after a frost) is high in water-soluble sugars and puts some horses at risk for founder. 


* For more cold weather tips, visit our extension web site and click on "winter tips for keeping your horse healthy." 

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6th Annual Healthy Horses Conference
Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Welcome to The Equine Ledger       
    News for Horse Lovers from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine  Fall, 2012

Dr. Amanda House 

Happy holidays and welcome to our fifth edition of the Equine Ledger! The Ledger is a healthcare information based newsletter for horse owners and enthusiasts.  In this issue, we have included information about our new large animal hospital interns and residents, and a featured piece about pigeon fever in Florida. As a late fall reminder, don't forget about booster vaccinations! Call your veterinarian and be sure your horse is protected against Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.  January is right around the corner, and you will want to consider scheduling your horse's annual wellness exam, fecal egg count for parasites, dental exam, coggins test, and any vaccines that may be due. 


We also want to announce our 6th Annual Healthy Horses Conference on Saturday, April 27, 2013! Please save the date! Healthy Horses is an educational day with a focus on successful equine health care. The day includes lectures, lunch and live equine demonstrations. The presenters will predominantly be the board certified faculty of UF's Large Animal Hospital, and a brief summary folder of the lectures will be provided to all attendees. We hope to have some of the same fantastic sponsors as this year's event, with door prizes as well! The University of Florida is dedicated to improving owner education and hope you will make this an annual event. It is a wonderful opportunity to see our hospital facility and meet veterinarians from all of our services. Please be sure to also visit our website for additional equine event information at We hope to see you in April!




Amanda M. House

Amanda M. House, DVM, DACVIM
Large Animal, Assistant Professor
UF Large Animal Hospital

New Large Animal Residents & Interns


Large Animal Residents 
John McNaughten, Reproduction 
Bonnie Gatson,


Sarah Czerwinski,
Da Costa Martins
Bianca Da Costa Martins,

Amy Stiehler,

Large Animal Interns

Gabriele Maier,
Food Animal

Anje Bauck, Lameness & Imaging

*Click on the pictures to learn more about each resident or intern.

Pigeon Florida?
by Dr. Amanda House

   For the first time in recent history, Florida is seeing a large number of cases of pigeon fever in horses. The state is reporting well over 70 suspected equine cases in Okaloosa, Walton, Clay, Alachua, Jackson, Levy, Osceola, and Marion counties as of September 2012. The majority of the initial cases were confined to the panhandle; however, more recently cases have been seen throughout Florida. This disease is caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, which is a gram positive rod shaped bacteria. Horses and small ruminants typically get different strains of the infection, but cattle can get both types. In goats, the disease is known as caseous lymphadenitis, and affected animals will have external abscesses (the head, behind the ears, on the neck, shoulder or flank are some typical locations). Abscesses also occur in horses and cattle infected with this bacteria. Natural transmission from horses to goats or vice versa is not thought to commonly occur. Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis is a soil organism that can survive for months to even years in direct sun. The largest numbers of cases are typically reported in the dry months of fall and winter.



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